The First Years Breastflow Manual Breast Pump review

Our rating 
4.8 out of 5 star rating 4.8
£24.99 RRP
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In a nutshell

A very efficient, quiet and comfortable manual pump that makes expressing easy
Ease of use
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Comfort
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Ease of cleaning
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Design
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Durability
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Worth the money
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Pros: Pump shield feels really comfy against breast, mechanism works well and makes expressing faster, easy to operate, not too many parts, extra bottle and two easy poor milk storage bags included
Cons: Bottles don't come with teats, instruction manual size/layout isn't ideal
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The First Years Breastflow Manual Breast Pump is fast and efficient but is still comfy to use. It’s definitely an option to put at the top of your list.

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Recently launched as a lower-cost alternative to The First Years miPump portable electric pump, The First Years Breastflow Manual Breast Pump is lightweight, compact and BPA free. Quick and quiet, it was designed in consultation with lactation experts to provide comfort and efficiency.

The First Years company, established in the US in 1952, has won awards for its baby care, feeding and play products. It’s part of the Learning Curve family, which has other nursery brands, such as Lamaze developmental play toys, to its name. The First Years claims its Breastflow range is the only bottlefeeding system with a double teat that requires both suction and compression. This is meant to mimic the way a baby breastfeeds.

What we love

The First Years Breastflow Manual Breast Pump is easy to operate and comes with two bottles with travel caps and two milk storage bags. It’s compatible with all products in the Breastflow range, so you can buy extra bottles and teats.

The pump’s Flexi-Fit shield offers a reliable and comfortable fit on your breast. The mechanism works well, making expressing quite fast for a manual pump. Its swivel handle also allows you to choose the position for pumping that suits you best.

And on top of all this, it’s easily transportable and you don’t have to deal with too many bits when assembling and disassembling the pump, making it a doddle to clean.

What to watch for

Bottles don’t come with teats, but these can be bought separately and are available in medium and fast flow at £5.99 for pack of two.

The instruction manual is certainly environmentally friendly because it doesn’t use as much paper as other manuals, but the size of the type is quite small and the babble of languages, squeezed on what is a large sheet printed on both sides and two smaller leaflets, is not ideal for a quick browse. A booklet with an index of topics would have been more helpful. The instructions are quite comprehensive, though, including a troubleshooting section and guidelines on breast milk storage.

Who is The First Years Breastflow Manual Breast Pump best for?

Mums who express occasionally after an easy-to-operate manual option that’s fast, powerful and comfortable.

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MadeForMums verdict

Although the included bottles don’t come with teats, The First Years Breastflow Manual Breast Pump is a really efficient manual breast pump and one of the best on the market.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand The First Years
Model Breastflow Manual Breast Pump
Price GBP £24.99
Type Manual

Features

Compatible bottles The First Years Breastflow bottles
Component parts (excluding bottle) 5
Features BPA free manual breast pump with swivel handle' includes a pump handle with blue rim, breast shield and cup, and silicone valve.

Accessories

Optional extras
  • Breastflow BPA-free Bottles in 5oz/148ml and 9oz/266ml sizes
  • Breastflow teat packs in slow flow and medium/fast flow
  • Breastflow Drying Rack and Bottle Accessory Set
  • Microwave Steriliser with Breastflow Bottles